Cravings (and another giveaway!)

With infants and toddlers in the house, life gets crazy. Interruptions become the routine, and fitting in consistent quiet time with God can be nearly impossible. So many of my early blog posts wrestled with this reality. If you’re used to spending regular time with Him, the shift can be felt physically. It’s painful. Itchy. Restless.

My life has changed a lot over the past few years. Both my kids are now in school full-time. My days have definitely taken on a sort of rhythm, a semblence of predictability. I have much more flexibility during the morning and afternoon hours, but now my evenings are crazy. Trying to fit in family Bible time among homework, dinner, sports schedules, piano lessons, church and community activities has become the new challenge.

Whether you’re in Stage 1 Motherhood with preschoolers constantly vying for your attention or your a Stage 2 mom juggling a full plate of social and educational commitments, I’ve got something for you. New author, Carey Bailey, has created a devotional tool that can fit into any schedule. Truly.

“When I became a mom I lost my God time,” says Carey Bailey. “I couldn’t figure out how to fit it in, since everything but that time was a priority. So I made note cards that I set around my house with scriptures written on them. Even when my arms were too full of babies, laundry, and diapers to pick up a Bible, I could easily read God’s words of encouragement that I was starving for.”

And Cravings–The Devotional was born.

Cravings is a collection of card-size devotionals based on the Psalms. Written to help mothers develop their relationship with God in the midst of motherhood, each card contains a scripture for the day, a “thoughtlet,” and an action idea.

As moms crave the sweet morsels from God’s Word, they can draw a card from a cute Cravings holder—a pink cupcake!—that also displays the daily card for hands-free viewing. The set of 40 cards offers over a month’s worth of inspiration.

I have to admit: the holder is a little too cutesy for me. I don’t like pink and I don’t really do nicknacks in our house. Nevertheless, we’ve put Cravings in the kitchen (tucked behind a picture frame, so the verse pokes out the top)

Each morning while the kids eat breakfast, I read the card, then share the verse with them. While I digest the personal devotion she has written for me as a mom, Ellie and Zach talk about what they think the verse means for them. It’s an easy, accessible way to do devotions that feeds all of us.

And it’s great having it out where we can see the cards! Books close. Kindles turn off. But this is visible. A constant reminder to keep our thoughts tuned to God’s Word and our eyes open to His will for us.

You can get it here.

About the author: Carey Bailey is a recovering perfectionist, wife, proud mama and Family Life director for her church in Surprise, Ariz. On the side she loves party planning, crafting, and pursuing her dream of writing. She has a degree in religion from Westminster College and writes at her blog at www.carebaileyonline.com.

Celebrate with Carey by entering her Minute-for-Mom Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • $50 gift card to Erin Condren Shop (Your one-stop-shop for all things awesome!)
  • $50 gift card to Victoria’s Secret® (For something pretty.)
  • $25 gift card to Bath & Body Works® (For a little spa treatment.)
  • 2 Sets of Cravings – The Devotional (For you and a friend.)
  • Scentsy Plug In and 2 Bars (A lovely scent for your space.)

Hurry, the giveaway ends on 5/12/12. The winner will be announced 5/14/12 on Carey’s blog!

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